The area Basaksehir is built on was called Azatlık during the Ottoman regime. It was the center for gunpowder production. The Yarimburgaz Cave is in this area, where there are remains from the Paleolithic Age.
Basaksehir became a municipality in 2008 and is herewith one of the newest districts in Istanbul. Works on the infrastructure and transportation are still going on, and modern apartment and villa developments in this area with competitive prices are attracting more and more people.